From performances attended by presidents at the Kennedy Center, to go-go concerts at the 9:30 Club, to celebrity-filled red carpets at the National Portrait Gallery, Washington is increasingly becoming a go-to destination for all things entertainment. This course will teach students not only how to cover and critique the arts and pop culture, interview public figures, and produce entertainment news stories, but how to navigate the ever-changing media environment, confront the ethical issues facing the entertainment beat, and prepare for its future. COURSE OBJECTIVES Students will learn how to: ? Understand the history of entertainment journalism and its changing landscape. ? Label key entertainment publications, players, terms and current events. ? Navigate the tricky ethical landmines involving entertainment and gossip reporting. ? Develop a social media and personal brand as an entertainment journalist. ? Develop a portfolio of writing samples, including a feature story based on an interview with a celebrity/artist, a performing arts critique, and a mock red carpet article.
Note: Students must have completed MPJO-500 Ethics in Journalism, MPJO-501 Reporting and News Writing and MPJO-508 Photo & Video Storytelling to take this course.